Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Economics (ECO)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 45.0601

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

Economics offers a clear and logical way of thinking about complicated issues such as unemployment, inflation, pollution, and crime. The department offers broad course choices allowing students to tailor their programs to provide training for professional careers in business, teaching, government, and law. Students interested in majoring or minoring in economics should contact the undergraduate advisor in the Economics Department for more information.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for the major in Economics. These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" before the degree is granted. If the courses are not transferred in, they may be taken at USF.

  • ECO X013 Economic Principles: Macroeconomics or ECO XXXX 3 credit hours
  • ECO X023 Economic Principles: Microeconomics or ECO XXXX 3 credit hours

Total Major Hours: 34 Hours

Major Core

A student may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics by satisfactorily completing 34 credits in Economics in addition to college requirements.

MAC 2233 Business Calculus or MAC 2311 Calculus 1 (or the equivalent) must be taken as a prerequisite for ECO 3101 and ECO 3203.

ECP 3703, Managerial Economics (formerly ECO 3100), may be substituted for ECO 3101. Students may not take both for credit.

No more than 3 hours credit can be applied toward a major from ECO 4905 and/or ECO 4914.

Major Core Courses - 19 Hours

  • ECO 2013 Economic Principles: Macroeconomics
  • ECO 2023 Economic Principles: Microeconomics
  • ECO 3101 Intermediate Price Theory
  • ECO 3203 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • QMB 2100 Business and Economic Statistics
  • QMB 3200 Business and Economics Statistics II
  • ECO 4935 Special Topics in Economics: Exit Requirement in Economics (one credit hours)

Major Elective Courses - 15 Hours

Fifteen credit hours of Economics electives numbered 3000 or higher.

NOTE: ECO 1000 (if taken before both ECO 2013 and ECO 2023) if student receives a C- or better may be substituted for a maximum of 3 hours of upper level elective credit.

Optional Accelerated Program

Five-Year Bachelor's and Master's Economics

This program allows superior students with strong analytical skills and the ability to handle a fast paced, challenging program the opportunity to complete both the Bachelor and Master degrees in economics in five years.

The program requires the students to take two graduate level courses required for the MA degree during the last year in the Bachelor program. These six hours are counted as general electives (not major electives) in the undergraduate program and are also used to satisfy the requirements for the MA in economics. After completing the 120-hour Bachelor’s program, five-year students take 24 hours at the graduate level.

To be eligible for the program, a student must have completed at least 6 hours of 3000 level or above economics courses at USF (not including statistics), have an overall grade point average of 3.00 or above, and have a minimum of 3.25 cumulative grade point average in all economics courses (including statistics).

To apply for admission, send a letter to the Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Economics stating your qualifications and desire to enter the program. To plan your program, or for additional information, see the Undergraduate Advisor in Economics.

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